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Music

We offer music courses on topics from traditional western classical music to various other musical traditions from around the world. Our courses engage students through lecture, discussion, and review from established music repertoire to contemporary work.

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Courses

Music Mozart: The Works and the Life
03/28/2017 to 05/16/2017

HUAS 78007 | Mozart: The Works and the Life

More than any other classical or romantic composer, Mozart created a universal style, combining the finest elements of Italian as well as Central and Western European music in a sublime and intensely personal style. Mastering all of the genres of his time, including concerto, opera, sacred, and chamber music, Mozart gave the world over six hundred memorable works. And he had a fascinating life. Using historical and critical documents, DVDs, CDs, and live demonstration, this class explores the unique range of Mozart’s genius.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78007
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 28 to May 16
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 27, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music Richard Wagner and His Tumultuous Century
03/30/2017 to 05/18/2017

HUAS 78008 | Richard Wagner and His Tumultuous Century

The most influential and controversial composer of the Nineteenth Century, the works of Richard Wagner (1813-1883) changed Western music permanently. This course examines the intrinsic musical qualities of his work as well as his relationship to the culture of his era and the powerful psychological dimensions he explores. Also considered is the fascinating responses of musicians and directors to his work, with multiple DVDs of each opera presented in class for comparison.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78008
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 30 to May 18
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Thu
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 29, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music History of Tango
03/30/2017 to 05/18/2017

HUAS 78010 | History of Tango

This survey-style course navigates the history of Tango from its origins in the turn of the twentieth century until the revitalizing of the genre by a younger generation of musicians a hundred years later (Nuevo Tango). The course traces stylistic developments in the genre through the analysis of lyrics and music and relates these developments to the rapidly changing historical and political contingencies on both margins of the River Plate. The course also accounts for the phenomenon of internationalization of Tango known as “Tango For Export,” as well as Tango as cultural practice in other geographies like Europe, Turkey, and Japan.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Tomas Gueglio

Tomas Gueglio

Tomas Gueglio

Mr. Gueglio holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago. He is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and electronic music currently based in Chicago. Born in Buenos Aires, he was an active performer in the city until moving to the U.S. in 2008.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78010
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Mar 30 to May 18
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Thu
2:00 PM–4:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
March 29, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music Shostakovich 04/29/2017

HUAS 78009 | Shostakovich

Increasingly, critics and audiences recognize Shostakovich as the greatest existential composer of the Twentieth Century. A remarkable prodigy who astonished the musical world with his First Symphony, he lived during dangerous political times in the Stalin era. He developed a paradoxical style characterized by searing emotional intensity coexisting with both overt and covert political content. This class will place the music in context, with analysis and listening, and survey relevant personal, literary, and journalistic sources.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

5 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78009
Section: 17S1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Apr 29
Tuition: $115.00
Days/Times: Sat
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (with a one-hour lunch break)



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
April 28, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music History of Rock Music
06/19/2017 to 08/28/2017

HUAS 78015 | History of Rock Music

This course traces the sonic and social history of rock music, traveling from its roots in African American rhythm and blues, through its mid-century surge to international prominence with the British Invasion, and at last to its dispersal into punk and pop. Along the way we will distinguish between various styles and subcultures (blues rock, folk rock, prog rock, glam rock), emphasizing not only artists and albums but also related industries, critical discourses, and political processes. Thus we will consider how the history of rock music may be understood as part and parcel of a broader history of culture—a history that we can therefore learn to not only talk about but listen to.

No class July 3.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Patrick Fitzgibbon

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Patrick Fitzgibbon

Mr. Fitzgibbon studies music history and theory at the University of Chicago. He has a special interest in history of theory, especially in early modern France and Germany.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78015
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 19 to Aug 28
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Mon
1:30 PM–4:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 16, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music The Radical Romantics: Chopin, Schumann, Berlioz, and Liszt
06/20/2017 to 08/15/2017

HUAS 78011 | The Radical Romantics: Chopin, Schumann, Berlioz, and Liszt

From fragmentary piano character sketches to massive oratorios, this course will analyze and contextualize the most dramatic era of change in western music history. Four composers, born at the outset of the 19th century, will lead us on this musical hero’s journey; the grandiose, ambitious, eccentric Berlioz; the poignantly intimate Schumann; the subtle and perfect Chopin; and the superhumanly energectic Liszt: pianist, composer, conductor, and promoter.

No class July 4.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78011
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 20 to Aug 15
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Tue
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 19, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music French and Spanish Masters
06/22/2017 to 08/10/2017

HUAS 78012 | French and Spanish Masters

From the Notre Dame school to the present day, the French tradition is the most enduring in the Western musical world, while Spanish music (including music from Latin America) is a fascinating mix of the Moorish and the European. Music discussed includes Couperin, Berlioz, Bizet, Debussy, and the unique institution of Grand Opera from the French, and great ballets, piano cycles, and concerti by such composers as Scarlatti, Falla, Granados, and Rodrigo from the Spanish tradition.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78012
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 22 to Aug 10
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Thu
10:00 AM–12:30 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music Tango’s Golden Era
06/22/2017 to 08/10/2017

HUAS 78014 | Tango’s Golden Era

This course focuses on Tango, its performers, and its repertory between the years 1940 and 1955. This fifteen year span — known as “La Edad De Oro” — saw the emergence of some of Tango’s most renowned performers and poets. Figures like composer and singer Carlos Gardel and bandoneón virtuoso Anibal Troilo had a definitive impact on the sound of Tango and lyricists like Enrique Santos Discépolo and Homero Manzi became reference points for the poetics of the genre as we know it today. The course will also account for the incipient relationship between Tango performers and international recording labels (e.g. RCA-Victor) as well as the connection between Tango and Peronismo, the political party of Juan Domingo Perón who was in power between 1943 and 1955.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
Tomas Gueglio

Tomas Gueglio

Tomas Gueglio

Mr. Gueglio holds a PhD in music composition from the University of Chicago. He is a composer of chamber, orchestral, and electronic music currently based in Chicago. Born in Buenos Aires, he was an active performer in the city until moving to the U.S. in 2008.

20 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78014
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates:
Jun 22 to Aug 10
Tuition: $360.00
Days/Times: Thu
1:30 PM–4:00 PM



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
June 21, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.

Music The Triumph of the Classical Style: From Haydn through Schubert 07/15/2017

HUAS 78013 | The Triumph of the Classical Style: From Haydn through Schubert

Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, and Schubert created the most resourceful and durable style in the history of Western music. Mastering all genres, private and public, their works continue to form the core of concert music today. This lively seminar provides historical context, describes the language, assesses the aesthetics, and traces the evolution of Classical style. From Haydn’s early quartets and symphonies and Mozart’s dramatic works, through Beethoven, and concluding with Schubert’s miraculous last year, this class shows the incredible diversity and breadth of the Classical achievement.

Prerequisite(s):
none
Instructor:
John Gibbons

John Gibbons

John Gibbons

Mr. Gibbons holds a PhD from the University of Chicago Department of Music. His works have been performed at the Rockefeller Music Competition and by the Minnesota Chamber Symphony. He received the 2005 Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies Excellence in Teaching Award for the Humanities, Arts, and Sciences.

Notes: No class on July 4th.

5 PD/CPDU
Course Code: HUAS 78013
Section: 17U1
Location: Gleacher Center
Dates: Jul 15
Tuition: $115.00
Days/Times: Sat
10:00 AM–4:00 PM (with a one-hour lunch break)



Unlimited slots available

Online Registration Close Date:
July 14, 2017
Online registration closes at 11:59 PM the day before the posted close date.